Redwoods National Park, Part 3: Lady Bird Johnson Grove
The inland redwood forests on the hills are of a slightly different quality than the coastal groves. Less dense with less understory, these forests are naturally brighter, less humid, and have a less enveloping quality to them. They also seem to include more tree species variety which contributes to these redwoods seeming relatively larger and overall more impressive than the coastal ones. Without such density, the trails here possessed only an auditory stillness rather than a tangible one.
A forest fire had closed access to some of the other trails in the area though I don’t think it was threatening any of the old growth areas. I did continue to drive to the top of the mountain there however, where there was a spectacular, if not hazy view of the surrounding forest from the Redwood Creek Overlook at 2100 feet.